Become an excellent teacher for students who are just discovering who they are. Specialize in your favorite subjects and get your teaching certification.

All secondary candidates choose a major for grades 6-12 or K-12. In addition to the major, candidates need a minor for grades 6-12, or any minor offered at Calvin (a “non-certifiable” minor). Double majors and K-12 art candidates will not need to complete an additional minor.

Consider the following high-need teaching fields when choosing your major and minor: Chinese, Computer Science, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, and Spanish.

Secondary Education Majors

Secondary Education Minors

Recommended Non-Certifiable Minors

Course Requirements


Build a broad skillset for teaching all kinds of learners at a wide variety of stages in their development.

Upon completing the secondary education program, you will be certified to teach your major and minor subject areas in grades 6-12. Art, Chinese, music, PE, Spanish and French are also available for grades K-12 on a secondary teaching certificate.

Declaration of major/minor form

Consult the timeline for detailed program requirements.

Double Major Guidelines

Secondary candidates may choose to complete two majors. This leads to the question of which subject they should teach during the internship. Candidates should discuss the guidelines below with the advisors for both major subjects:

  1. Secondary candidates completing two majors may choose one subject to teach during the internship.  Candidates should discuss possible employment implications with advisors while making this decision.
  2. If possible, EDUC 302-303 aiding should be in the major which is not preferred for the internship.
  3. The seminar course will be completed in the subject that is taught during the internship.
  4. The other seminar course will be waived.
  5. It may be possible for the intern to arrange some observation, aiding, and teaching in the non-selected major during the internship semester.  Both major advisors should be consulted prior to making these arrangements.
  6. If the waiving of a seminar course leads to fewer than 30 semester hours in the major subject, then the candidate must choose an advisor-approved course to reach 30 semester hours. If the candidate prefers not to complete 30 semester hours, then the program would need to be changed to a minor.
  7. If one of the majors is K-12, the internship should be in the K-12 subject.
    If the candidate has one K-12 major and one 6-12 major, but prefers the 6-12 major for the internship, the candidate may appeal to student teach in the 6-12 major and must present evidence of field experiences at both the elementary (K-5) and secondary (6-12) levels in the K-12 major subject.
    If both majors are K-12, the candidate must present evidence of field experiences at both the elementary (K-5) and secondary (6-12) levels in the major which is not selected for the internship.

Contact Gwen Buteyn if you have questions about the process for selecting EDUC 302-303 aiding and internship placements.


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